Sword Art Online
I've tried various anime shows over the years but I've never been able to get past the first few episodes of one. Usually the pacing is too slow and the show isn't visually interesting enough for me. My brother has told me that modern anime is much better than what I tried to watch long ago, but I haven't had much time to check out any of the shows he recommended.
Then, last week, I heard some of the podcast members on Aggrochat talk about the premise of Sword Art Online and I was very interested. Essentially, Sword Art Online is a fully immersive MMO in an advanced virtual reality. The premise of the show is that only 10,000 people were allowed a copy of the game at launch and as soon as they all log in on launch day they are locked in the game until they can complete it.
They end up stuck in the game for a long time and a lot of interesting social dynamics develop.
The part of the show that really got me hooked was the fast paced action in an MMO world that happens in the first 25% of the season. I thought it was epic when they encountered the first floor boss, that's when I was hooked.
It gave me enough momentum to finish the whole season, but unfortunately the pacing starts to drag in the second half. I wanted to finish the season anyway just to prove that I could actually finish an anime once in my life. Now that I have I'm not sure if I want to get into season two or not.
My biggest take away from this is that anime can be interesting and I should probably listen to my brother more often. I suppose I should ask him what show to try out next.